Intel has rolled out a new driver for integrated graphics (GPU), bringing the driver up to version 18.104.22.16886. The company says the new release works with sixth, sevenths, and eighth generation Core processors.
Additionally, some (but not all) Pentium, Celeron, and Xeon CPUs are also covered if they have Intel HD Graphics 500 of higher.
In the release notes, Intel points out it has focused on improving performance. Optimizations have also been made for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth on machines running 6th generation CPUs or better.
Other new features in the driver include:
- Performance improvements and optimizations for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth* (for both DirectX* 11 and 12 versions) and Jurassic World Evolution* on 6th Generation Intel® Core processors or higher
- Playability improvements for Vampyr* and Monster Hunter: World*
- Media streaming improvements while using the AVC* codec at low bitrates for 6th Generation Intel® Core processors or higher
- Power optimizations when dynamically switching to lower refresh rates during video playback
- Security fixes and improvements
As usual, Intel has also focused on making fixes to the drivers. The company has listed those problem solutions:
- Steam* overlay may not work in Dota 2* when running in Vulkan* mode
- Minor Graphics anomalies may be observed in Titanfall® 2 (6th Gen Intel® Core™ Only), Minecraft*, and LEGO NINJAGO* Movie Video Game
- Intermittent crashes or hangs may occur in Unravel 2*
- While using two displays, the arrangement settings in Windows* may reset if the resolution of the second display is changed.
- Inaccurate color may be observed during YouTube* playback in web browsers when hardware acceleration is turned on
- Sketchup* application may become unresponsive
- Stereoscopic 3D may not work when viewing a 3D video
- Remote desktop protocol (RDP) and Virtual Network Computing (VNC) applications show a black screen when updating the graphics driver in guest user mode
Solving YouTube Color Problem
Users have been reporting issues with YouTube color accuracy during playback when hardware acceleration is switched on. It is worth mentioning that hardware acceleration is a default in Chrome, Edge, and Firefox. Intel has now fixed this issue, so users affected can re-enable hardware acceleration.